Submitted by Craig Brewer, Athletics Director
Over spring break, 12 SHS handball players traveled to Edmonton, Canada, to participate in a Team Handball tournament where they were exposed to the most advanced teams in North America. Sterne High School was the newest and least experienced team in the league, competing with programs over 18 years old, and schools boasting more than 2,600 students. It was unlike anything we had ever experienced and it was an invaluable growth opportunity for our students and fledgling team.
In addition to playing against, training with, and learning from some of the toughest teams, coaches, and handball experts, students enjoyed being spectators of the sport. The visibility and respect that Handball commands in Alberta is vastly different than the exposure (or lack thereof) anywhere in the United States.
In our spare time, we immersed ourselves in local culture. Highlights included a trip to the biggest mall in North America, a poutine feast, a trip to Elk Island National Park, and the last Oilers game of the season. In the evenings we cooked dinner together as a team. Our students made excellent choices about their behaviors and actions. They prioritized their safety and well-being by getting plenty of rest, eating healthy meals, and exploring responsibly. It was really rewarding to witness this level of maturity and responsibility: Coach McManis and I were very proud.